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  • Writer's pictureBailey Straub

Recapping the Last Three Super Bowl Halftime Performances

It’s that time of the year again! For sports fans and music fans alike, the Super Bowl is among the most-watched and anticipated television events. Each year the halftime show stars world-renowned performers in an incredible spectacle, drawing over 100 million viewers.

This year Usher will be performing in Las Vegas, Nevada at Super Bowl LVIII with the Chiefs and the 49ers. In the past three years, we have seen performances from The Weeknd, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Rihanna. 

2021: The Weeknd

In 2021, the Weeknd took the stage at Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida with the Chiefs and the Buccaneers pining for the Lombardi trophy. The “Blinding Lights” singer’s performance featured impressive choreography, a mesmerizing LED-lit stage, and a choir of masked backup dancers.

The Weeknd seamlessly transitioned through his hit songs creating a captivating atmosphere that resonated with both fans and viewers worldwide. The halftime show was praised for its unique production and The Weeknd's dynamic stage presence. 

2022: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar

In 2022, the Bengals and the Rams fought for a Super Bowl win, while Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar took the stage in Inglewood, California. This iconic performance marked a celebration of West Coast hip-hop and drew widespread acclaim for its dynamic set, energetic performances, and nostalgic nods to the artists' influential careers.

The collaboration showcased the diversity and impact of hip-hop on a global stage, making it a memorable and well-received halftime show. These five powerhouse performers had something for everyone in their set.

2023: Rihanna

In 2023, Rihanna shocked the world during her halftime show, announcing her second pregnancy. Super Bowl LVII was the match-up of the Kelce brothers, the Chiefs, and the Eagles in Glendale, Arizona. Rihanna’s halftime performance was the most-watched halftime show ever.

The singer has not released an album since 2016, so her presence at the Super Bowl created quite an uproar. Her show featured a massive group of dancers, a spectacular fireworks display, and levitating stages. Rihanna performed hit songs like “Work” and “Diamonds.” Despite her seven-year hiatus from such performances, she still stunned the world with her outstanding performance.

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